Shudder Island

Woah.  I think my brain just threw up.  This kitchen was absolutely painful! That light!  The wallpaper! And what the everloving heck is going on with that shutter situation on the island?
This room was definitely first on the to-do list when Lauren and her fiance bought this 1968 “fixer-upper.”  I might have called it a “tearer-downer” but they weren’t scared, and managed to turn it into an absolutely breathtaking beauty.  They paid for this renovation by auctioning off those original antique appliances.  Ha ha, I’m kidding. But seriously, they probably could have.
See lots more on Lauren’s blog Home on Garden Ct.

I think the little desk nook is my favorite part!

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  1. Ok, so, I kinda didn’t believe this was the same house (basically called you a liar in my head) so I went over to check it out. Soooo pretty. Thanks for posting this one. You always have the best stuff!

  2. Anonymous says:

    WOW! That is amazing! I agree with Holly, I also kinda didn’t believe it was the same house. Love it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    WOW! That is amazing! I agree with Holly, I also kinda didn’t believe it was the same house. Love it!

  4. Wow… fabulous makeover/resuce! I love that window over the kitchen sink and the chair at the nook is yum. I checked out all of her before & after’s and they have done so much work! Would love to see the exterior too! Another great find. 🙂

  5. This lady needs a standing ovation. Bravo!

  6. There’s no way it’s the same house, but it’s gorgeous! 🙂

  7. My jaw literally fell wide open!!!

  8. The previous owner wouldn’t even believe it was the same house! Amazing renovation!!

  9. W.O.W. That is one of the best transformations I’ve seen!

  10. Anonymous says:

    OMG she has my kitchen…..well at least somebody got it! Gorgeous!

  11. stephbo93 says:

    Wow. The “before” is almost exactly like my mom’s horrible kitchen. I need to show this to her.

  12. Ah-maz-zing!!! That kitchen is beyond gorgeous

  13. this is STUNNING!! what an awesome transformation!

  14. Freaking Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Oh my WORD!!! Seriously?? same kitchen?? That has got to be one of the best Better /After’s I have seen to date…
    Fabulous transformation!!!

  16. wow. absolutely breathtaking. dream kitchen.

  17. if i’ve never said it before, you’re hilarious. not only are “before & afters” my favourite thing, but you have managed to make it humourous to boot. thanks!

  18. That is one beautiful transformation! It’s hard to believe that it is the same kitchen.

  19. I like your kitchens it is so good.
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  20. O.M.G. – that’s it – no more words – I’m speechless – and jealous


  21. WOW!
    That is all.

  22. I knew the shutters were very popular in the 50s and 60s e.g. I Love Lucy’s kitchen so I kind of liked it, just not that wood coloring but the new kitchen looks great.

  23. Ok I admit. I cried. I mean I REALLY cried! If you take a peek at MY kitchen on my blog then you will see why I cried. My dream kitchen is just like THAT kitchen! Man, I am so green I put Kermit to shame. What a FANTASTIC makeover they did!. Ok, tissues filled up the rubbish bin, now going to shake the guy who is helping me renovate and say, SEE! That is how it’s done! …..going back to having a little sob….so beautiful……so pretty….so airy……sob…..

  24. Can someone please tell me what is wrong with a harvest gold dishwasher matched with a coppertone stove?

    No, seriously, fantastic makeover. Isn’t it funny how white appliances, even if they’re forty years old, still look OK. I wonder if stainless steel and black will become the new avocado…but I digress.

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